I’ve enjoyed previous Harry Potter movies but I found this one to be tedious, boring, and pretentious. For the first time I found Harry, Hermione, and Ron to be uninteresting and unengaging.
Dennis D. McDonald’s MOVIE REVIEWS
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Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald
Just because this movie is available on streaming Netflix, don’t waste your time. It’s awful. Specifically, it’s unoriginal, derivative, boring, and the characters are totally uninteresting and unsympathetic.
If you’re hankering for a real Los Angeles invasion flick, check out 1954’s THEM. It’s infinitely superior to this turkey.
Review copyright (c) 2011 by Dennis D. McDonald
Back in my early days of reviewing films when my kids were growing up and still at home I created a special category called “Young People” where I placed movies that didn’t treat cinema kids like idiots or totally obsessed with sex and fart jokes.
Unrelentingly grim, this movie follows a group of 14th Century soldiers as they seek out a remote village in the English countryside that is rumored to have been spared a visit by the bubonic plague.
Readers of my book and movie review will know about my occasional hankering for a Western. It’s no surprise I was looking forward to this movie especially given my positive reaction to my recent discovery of the novel.
This thoroughly enjoyable 1959 classic is a childhood favorite. Viewed again recently I was pleasantly surprised to see how enjoyable it remains.
I never paid much attention to Marvel comics when I was a kid; “Thor” always struck me as a third-string also-ran property forever in the shadows of the more popular Superman, Batman, or Fantastic Four. But no matter; this film is tricked out with production values and imagery that are first rate.
Basically, if you’re into really well-made sci-fi-action-zombie-post-acopalyptic-action-gorefests, this one’s for you.
Swords, grit, shields, alien lands, culture clashes, honor, heroism, and a cruel empire. Mix wisely with colorful photography, human scale action, crisp editing, and intelligent dialog, and you have THE EAGLE.
This bare-bones DVD contains a gorgeous color wide screen version of a 1965 Italian science fiction movie directed by Mario Bava that boasts many scenes eerily reminiscent of images and situations in the later ALIEN movies.
What an extraordinary film this is. Visually it’s a feast; colors and clever framing delight the eye. The plot twists and turns. And Penélope Cruz positively glows in scene after scene.
Seeing this movie again after a delay of several years I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it holds up.
By Dennis D. McDonald
Here they are:
- Wilson Yip’s IP MAN best fighting
- Guillaume Iverne & Arthur Qwak’s DRAGON HUNTERS most beautiful
- Ernie Barbarash’s CUBE ZERO best slice-and-dice
- Takashi Shimizu’s REINCARNATION creepiest
- Rashane Limtrakul’s RAGING PHOENIX silliest
- Je-gyun Yun’s TIDAL WAVE (HAEUNDAE) best disaster
- Sylvester Stallone’s THE EXPENDABLES loudest
- Michael Powell’s AGE OF CONSENT best tropical island fantasy
- Na Hong-jin’s THE CHASER best thriller
- Alexander Sokurov’s THE SUN most profoundly morose
Copyright (c) 2010 by Dennis D. McDonald
It is 1937 in Foshan China, a city dominated by rival martial arts academies that constantly test who is the best. Over all lords the wealthy but humble merchant Ip Man whose fighting technique is acknowledged by all as superior.